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No effect of water extract of [i]Scutellariae radix[/i] on the anticonvulsant action of valproate, tiagabine and topiramate in two animal models of epilepsy
 
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Department of Physiopathology, Institute of Agricultural Medicine, Lublin, Poland
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Department of Pathophysiology, Medical University, Lublin, Poland
 
JPCCR 2009;3(2):95–98
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Water extract of [i]Scutellariae radix[/i] (SR) was previously reported to display a significant anticonvulsant effect on maximal electroshock (MES)-induced seizures, and little anticonvulsant effect in pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-induces clonic seizure model in mice. The aim of this study was to examine whether water extract of SR has any impact on anticonvulsant properties of valproate (VPA) and tiagabine (TGB) in PTZ-induced clonic seizure model in mice and VPA and topiramat (TPM) in the mouse MES test. Results indicated that water extract of SR did not significantly affect the anticonvulsant action of VPA and TPM against MES-induced tonic seizures. The experimentally derived median effective doses (ED[sub]50[/sub] values) for VPA administered alone and in combination with water extract of SR were 219 and 203 mg/kg and for TPM administered alone, and in combinations with water extract of SR were 41.6 and 40.8 mg/kg, respectively. Likewise, no effect of water extract of SR was observed on VPA and TGB in PTZ-induced clonic seizure models. The ED[sub]50[/sub] values for TGB administered alone and in combination with water extract of SR were 0.84 and 0.71 mg/kg, while those for VPA were 158 and 129 mg/kg, respectively. In conclusion, water extract of SR had no effect on the anticonvulsant activity of TPM and VPA in the mouse MES seizure model and on the antiseizure activity of VPA and TGB in PTZ-induced clonic seizures in mice.
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:
Marta Andres-Mach   
Department of Physiopathology, Institute of Agricultural Medicine, Jaczewskiego 2, 20-090 Lublin, Poland.
 
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